Published on July 06, 2012

Genesis Neurosurgeons Return from Study Abroad


Drs. Lobel, Richter and Camma

Dr. Camma and Dr. Lobel
with Dr. Marcus Richter,
Professor of Orthopedic
Spine, at St Josefs Hospital
Wiesbaden, Germany

(July 6, 2012) Genesis Neurosurgeons Dr. Albert J. Camma and Dr. Jeffrey Lobel recently traveled to Germany to study new advanced minimally invasive spine (MIS) operations with prominent German spine surgeons in Stuttgart, Ulm, Memmingen, and Wiesbaden. They spent a week operating with and discussing cases with leading German spine surgeons in these cities, comparing newer European and American operations for various complex traumatic and degenerative spine disease.

Dr. Albert J. Camma has practiced neurosurgery in Zanesville for over 36 years. Dr. Jeff Lobel recently joined Camma and Dr. David Knierim at Genesis Neurosurgical Group. The three of them bring a combined expertise of 75 years of neurosurgical experience to Zanesville.

Genesis is in planning stages for a comprehensive spine clinic, which will offer surgical and nonsurgical evaluation and treatment of a wide range of acute and chronic back pain problems. Surgical treatment will emphasize Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) procedures whenever possible. MIS is spine surgery that generally accomplishes the same results as older open operations but through a two- or three-inch incision with minimal disruption of normal tissue, shorter hospital stays (often outpatient surgery), less pain, and faster recoveries. While only about 20 percent of spine surgeons perform true MIS, all three Genesis Neurosurgical Group surgeons have trained in these newer techniques.

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Genesis is an integrated health care delivery system based in Zanesville, Ohio. The system includes Genesis Hospital, a not-for-profit hospital in Zanesville; an extensive network of more than 300 physicians; and multiple outpatient care centers throughout the region.


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